World Snooker Championship final 2021 LIVE RESULTS: Mark Selby vs Shaun Murphy score – stream, TV channel and start time

MARK SELBY is favourite to clinch victory at the World Snooker Championship final TODAY.

Shaun Murphy started the brighter and took a two-frame lead, but steady Selby has reeled him in and taken a three-score advantage going into today's play, starting at 1pm.

  • LIVE SCORE: Mark Selby 10-7 Shaun Murphy

  • The World Snooker final takes place over two days – Sunday May 2 and Monday May 3.
  • The four sessions are as follows:
    – Sunday May 2 – 1pm and 7pm
    – Monday May 3 – 1pm and 7pm
  • BBC Two will show the World Snooker Championship final live.
  • To stream the event live, head to the BBC iPlayer.
  • BBC is free to watch on TV and online for all UK viewers with a TV licence.

Stay up to date with every frame from the Crucible in our live blog, below…

  • Rob Maul

    COVID RULES

    All the fans who attended the 2021 Betfred World Snooker Championship must have provided evidence of a negative test.

    This test had to be conducted before arriving at the Crucible.

    For the semi-finals there was a 75% capacity. It is 100% for the two-day final.

    There are no social-distancing requirements in the arena but everyone must wear masks.

    It is all part of the Government's Events Research Programme and the data will help see the reopening of pubs, restaurants, cinemas and other indoor facilities.

  • Rob Maul

    REMEMBERING WILLIE THORNE

    Willie Thorne, the popular snooker player, died in June 2020 aged 66 — three months after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

    He played a key role in Mark Selby's career, given it was his club where the 37-year-old first tried the sport at a competitive level.

    Selby often played a young Shaun Murphy there as they were both learning their trade as teenagers.

    Thorne was present for Selby’s first professional match against Wayne Brown at the 1999 British Open.

    Selby recalled: “Willie was a fun-loving, larger-than-life character. He lit up a room whenever he walked in. He was always happy no matter what was going on in his life."

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/12328273/mark-selby-would-dedicate-a-fourth-world-title-to-late-pal-willie-thorne/

  • Rob Maul

    THE EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING

    Not long to go now. Given the bad weather outside, the Crucible is almost full of people now

  • Rob Maul

    CRUCIBLE CROWD

    It has been so good to see the crowds back at a live sporting event.

    In 2020, there were crowds for only three of the 17 days due to lockdown restrictions imposed after the first cue-ball was struck in anger.

    So, for the afternoon session there have been 853 tickets sold.

    And it's 866 for tonight's climax.

    It is practically sold out. The first full house at a UK sporting event since the Cheltenham Gold Cup 14 months ago.

  • Rob Maul

    Surprisingly, there were no century breaks yesterday.

    That is the first time it has happened on day one of a world final for 11 years.

    Shaun Murphy hit a 98 break in frame 10 while Mark Selby responded with a 90 last night.

    It would be a surprise if no-one hits a ton at some point today.

    Hopefully after a decent night's sleep both players will be firing for these two sessions.

    1pm: 8 frames

    7pm: 10 frames

  • Rob Maul

    Good afternoon, greetings from the Crucible

    It is Rob Maul here from SunSport.

    It is the final day of the 2021 Betfred World Snooker Championship.

    Mark Selby leads 10-7 against Shaun Murphy.

    The Leicester Jester won seven of the nine frames last night. And it went long, finishing at 11.20pm.

  • Thomas Blow

    MURPHY'S JOURNEY

    And here’s how Shaun Murphy made it to this year’s World Championship final…

    R1: Shaun Murphy 10-7 Mark Davies

    R2: Shaun Murphy 13-7 Yan Bingtao

    QF: Shaun Murphy 13-11 Judd Trump

    SF: Kyren Wilson 12-17 Shaun Murphy

  • Thomas Blow

    SELBY'S JOURNEY

    Here's how Mark Selby made it to this year's World Championship final…

    R1: Mark Selby 10-1 Kurt Maflin

    R2: Mark Allen 7-13 Mark Selby

    QF: Mark Williams 3-13 Mark Selby

    SF: Stuart Bingham 15-17 Mark Selby

  • Thomas Blow

    WORLD RANKINGS

    Let's take a look at the current world rankings.

    Mark Selby is ranked fourth, three places above Shaun Murphy.

    Selby is a former world No.1, holding the position for four years between 2015 and 2019.

    Murphy has never previously topped the rankings, reaching No.3 more than a decade ago.

    2019 world champion Judd Trump is the current world No.1.

  • Thomas Blow

    BINGHAM'S TATTOO

    Mark Selby defeated 2015 winner Stuart Bingham to reach this year's final.

    Although Bingham would have been gutted to lose the semi-final, at least he doesn't have to get another tattoo for at least 12 months.

    The 44-year-old got some serious ink when he became world champion six years ago.

    Where would he even fit a second trophy?

  • Thomas Blow

    WHITE TURNS 59

    Many (belated) happy returns to Snooker legend Jimmy White, who turned 59 yesterday.

    White famously lost six World Championship finals but was still a fabulous player and delivered some memorable moments during his illustrious career.

    Here he is entertaining the crowd at the 1984 Masters…

  • Thomas Blow

    INSIDE THE CRUCIBLE

    The Crucible isn't a sporting arena, it's a theatre.

    The legendary Sheffield venue has hosted the World Snooker Championship each year since 1977 and continues to inspire the lucky few who attend.

    Take a look inside the iconic building…

  • Thomas Blow

    YESTERDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

    We're all looking forward to watching the climax of this year's World Snooker Championship.

    Prepare yourself for this afternoon's session by catching up with yesterday's action…

  • Thomas Blow

    RANKING HIGH

    Only seven players have won more ranking titles than Mark Selby (19) in the modern era.

    Shaun Murphy's record is also very impressive, picking up nine titles.

    Both players still have some way to go if they wish to catch Ronnie O'Sullivan – the record holder – on 37.

    A win for Selby today would put him joint-seventh on the list alongside Aussie Neil Robertson.

  • Thomas Blow

    TODAY'S THE DAY

    Good morning snooker fans!

    Either Mark Selby or Shaun Murphy will be lifting the world title this evening in Sheffield.

    Three-time champion Selby won last night's session 7-2 to move into a 10-7 lead at the Crucible.

    Murphy, who won his only world crown in 2005, has a lot of work to do if he wants to become a multiple winner.

    The first man to 18 frames will become the world champion again.

    Play resumes at 1pm today.

  • supal

    FINAL WORD

    SunSport's Rob Maul reports from The Crucible:

    MARK SELBY was branded a “snooker vampire” and enjoyed a healthy first-day lead in the Betfred World Snooker Championship final.

    The Leicester Jester overcame tiredness and nerves against Shaun Murphy at the Crucible, coming from 6-4 down to lead 10-7 after the opening two sessions.

    The three-time world champion could have been significantly behind in the opening session but as he always seems to do, he dug deep into his enormous reserves and managed to claw back the deficit frame-by-frame.

    There were no centuries across the 17 frames – the first time that has happened on day one of a world final for 11 years.

    Stephen Hendry, the legendary seven-time world champion, was impressed with Selby’s determination and never-say-die attitude.

    The Scot observed: “The claws are in from Mark. He is like a snooker vampire, sucking all the life, adrenaline out of you. Everything has been sucked out of Shaun tonight.”

    Selby, 37, said: “I felt a little bit edgy at the start. Shaun started off better than me, I was fortunate to come away 2-2. The last thing you want is to be 4-0 down.

    “In every world final, I have felt tired on the first day. I feel now like I haven’t slept for a month. I dug in and played well in patches and grafted hard.

    “It’s fantastic to have the crowd here. To walk out to a full crowd is amazing.”

    There were 594 tickets sold for the 1pm afternoon session – the largest crowd of the tournament – and 579 were in attendance tonight.

    On Monday, both sessions are virtually sold-out, the first full house for a UK sporting event since the start of the Covid crisis.

    Murphy, the 2005 world champion, hit a high break of 98 and he said: “I thought Mark was fabulous tonight. Some of the shots were unbelievable, really good safety shots.

    “He always had the answer and potted some outrageous long balls. Listen, it’s food for thought. But thankfully it is not the first to 10.

    “I showed over the semi-final, I can win when I am down, this match is far from over. The fans make a difference. Sport is nothing without them. Thank you all for coming.”

  • supal

    MONDAY SCHEDULE

    Session three is at 1pm tomorrow when there will be eight more frames played.

    And this final will conclude with a possible 10 frames tomorrow night if needed from 7pm.

    We'll be with you every step of the way on your Bank Holiday Monday.

  • supal

    MADE HIS MARK

    Mark Selby leads Shaun Murphy 10-7 after two sessions in the 2021 Betfred World Snooker Championship final.

    What a night for Selby. He takes the session 7-2 and has a three-frame lead heading into tomorrow.

    Murphy was simply ground down and stopped form playing his game there by Selby.

    He has a mountain to climb, but remember he was 10-5 down against Wilson in the semis.

    .Credit: Getty
  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    And Murphy finally cracks.

    A double kiss and Selby knocks in the red and green to leave Murphy needing three snookers.

    It's looking like 10-7 overnight for Selby.

  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    That was a must-hit from Shaun, and he got it.

    If he missed the red on that snooker he would've needed one of his own.

    41 points the deficit with 43 on.

  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    Nobody saw that coming!

    Frame ball and Selby misses a blue to middle.

    Murphy has a glimmer of hope. A 44-point deficit, but just a glimmer.

  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    But Selby is in among the balls now.

    Another missed pot from Shaun and he just looks like he wants this night to end.

    .Credit: Getty
  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    Oh Shaun!

    He's finally presented with a gilt-edge chance and he misses a black off the spot.

    A bit of good fortune not to leave anything for Mark, but that was a real chance.

  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    But it's just a break of 12. The black wobbles in the jaws and stays there.

    Murphy is still in there.

  • supal

    FRAME 17: SELBY 9-7 MURPHY

    Oh it's a poor break off from Murphy, and an instant chance for Selby here.

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